Populist leaders can be a liability. Their optimistic bias and complacency, ambiguity, and ignorance of science undermine crisis management and put all at risk.
The government waited to put in place restrictions to stop the spread of the virus. Now, millions may soon be on the move for a religious celebration, which could make matters even worse.
Looking to the future, President Joko Widodo (centre) voiced a strong intention for Australia and Indonesia to become partners in developing the Pacific region.
Even though Australians and Indonesians are both friendly and easy-going, systemic boundaries can slow down the process of collaboration.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced the ambition on becoming a global maritime fulcrum in his first term. Not much progress has been made.
Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati (left), Culture and Education Minister Nadiem Makarim (central), and Foreign Minister Retno pose for a photo ahead of the Indonesian cabinet members swearing-in ceremony presided by Indonesian President Joko Widodo (not pictured) on Oct. 23 October in Jakarta.
By appointing Gojek CEO Nadiem Makarim, Jokowi seems eager to better manage Indonesia's education system that is arguably too bureaucratic and outdated.
By giving minister positions to both supporting and opposing parties, Jokowi seems to want to consolidate political power in this second government period.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo wants the country to be a global maritime power.
There are limitations on the ground that may hinder the realisation of Jokowi's grand vision of making Indonesia a global maritime power.
Jakarta is among the ‘megacities’ with a population of more than 10 million people.
Shifting the capital of Indonesia and other countries may actually send the wrong message that cities too can be discarded.
Internet issues in Indonesia need to be tackled.
Indonesia needs a digital affairs ministry if it wants to tap growing potential and tackle mounting issues.
Indonesia needs to urgently pass this bill as the country still does not have a specific law on cyber security.
Indonesia is set to issue its first cyber security bill. It's badly needed, but in its current form the legislation also create risks of abuses of power and violations of human rights.
Jakarta’s shortcomings as a capital are obvious: it has headline-grabbing problems with congestion, pollution, and land subsidence.
Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" decision to relocate the country's capital is seen as an effort to shift economic activity and address infrastructure gaps outside of Java and Sumatra.
A woman stands near her burnt stall at Thumburuni market in Fakfak, West Papua, Indonesia, on 22 August after protesters torched the market during a violent rally.
Adopting an inclusive development approach to the well-being of Papuans is the best solution to solve Papuan problems.
Papuan activists shout slogans during a rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, 22 August 2019.
By limiting access to social media and the internet, the government hurts the right to free speech of not only Papuan residents but also all Indonesians.
Constitutional Court justices read out their ruling over in the 2019 presidential election dispute hearing.
Prabowo's attorneys similar arguments which were rejected in 2014 trial.
An exterior view of the Indonesian Constitusional Court building in Jakarta.
Providing the first empirical analysis of the court's performance in high-profile cases between 2004 and 2016, our research indicates that its independence from the government remains intact.
The violence in the aftermath of the Indonesian elections has abated, but deep tensions remain.
While the riots in Jakarta have been brought under control, the deeper religious tensions that have polarised Indonesia will present a major challenge for Jokowi’s second term.
Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (central) greets supporters after a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, 17 April 2019.
Indonesia's General Election Commission (KPU) has announced incumbent Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's victory in 2019 presidential election. His opponent Prabowo Subianto, plans to challenge the result. Here's why it will likely end up in vain.
A district employee carries a ballot box a day before distributing to pollings center in Bogor, West Java. Indonesia will hold its general elections on 17 April, during which the president, vice president, and legislative members will be elected.
Here is what you need to know about Indonesia's elections and what's at stake.
A tribal man votes in 2004 Indonesia’s general elections in Lembah Baliem, in Wamena, Papua.
Both the government and the opposition still consider Papua as a problem caused by a lack of economic development and which has nothing to do with politics.
Presidential candidates Joko Widodo (second left) and Prabowo Subianto (second right) greet each other at the debate among candidates in Jakarta, Indonesia, 17 January 2019.
No concrete measures to eradicate corruption were offered by the two candidates – Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Prabowo Subianto – in the latest presidential debate.